Minutes from the Trust's February meeting revealed the Trust's plans in the coming months. It is reviewing the consultation responses alongside results from a Public Value Assessment and a Market Impact Assessment to be received from Ofcom.
It will use this data to reach a provisional conclusion on the proposals, which will be "subject to a second period of public consultation."
The news comes as new research shows a sharp drop in audiences for BBC Three in the first three months of the year. The drop follows the cancellation of some series, the transfer of some first-run shows to BBC Two and an overall increase in the number of repeats. Critics say the BBC Executive is deliberately "dismantling" the channel ahead of the BBC Trust's final verdict.
Many responses to the consultation referred to the plight of the popular animated series Family Guy which is shown late at night on BBC Three. At the time of the consultation, the BBC refused to specifically say what would happen to the show.After the consultation ended, it confirmed the show would stay on the BBC until 2017. Several weeks later ITV acquired the rights for all new series from autumn, leading the BBC to confirm it would only show repeats from the autumn. Some respondents have said the Family Guy situation has made a mockery of the consultation process, although others have felt the fate of Family Guy has overshadowed other issues raised by the consultation.
RECAP: The proposals in brief:
- BBC Three to move online on a reduced budget, with more short videos and social media content
- Some of BBC Three's budget to be used to prop up BBC One drama budget
- CBBC to be extended to 9pm
- BBC One+1 to launch as a 24/7 standard definition service initially only available on Freeview HD and Freeview Play receivers, as well as on cable and satellite. BBC One+1 would take BBC Three's old channel number on cable and satellite, but not on Freeview where local TV is likely to benefit from a promotion up the channel list.
- More shows would be available to watch on the iPlayer before they are shown on BBC One or BBC Two.
- Viewers want to know what will happen to Eurovision Semi Final coverage, Glastonbury live coverage and coverage of sports such as Athletics which have been shown on BBC Three (HD) until now.